This Specialization is for learners wishing to dramatically change the way that they use Excel spreadsheets by unleashing the power to automate and optimize spreadsheets using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The first two courses will teach learners the basics of VBA through the use of dozens of educational screencasts and a series of quizzes and in-application programming assignments. Finally, in Part 3 of the course, learners will complete 3 "real world" and somewhat open ended projects, which are graded through peer review.
Learners will complete one easy project (chosen from two potential projects), one intermediate project (chosen from two potential projects), and a third, required Monte Carlo simulation project (intermediate in difficulty). Projects include: Real-Time Currency Converter, Geography Toolbox, Ultimate Organizer, Regression Toolbox, Monte Carlo Simulation, and Grade Manager.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Part 1 takes 5 weeks, Part 2 takes 4 weeks, and Part 3 takes 3-4 weeks. However, many learners who can devote more time to the coursework have completed the courses at an accelerated pace.
What background knowledge is necessary?
The course is designed for those without a programming background. It will greatly help if you have a knowledge of basic algebra and at least a foundational/introductory knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, it is strongly recommended that learners take the three courses in sequential order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
At this time the University of Colorado Boulder does not offer a for-credit version of the Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving Specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
After completing this Specialization, you will be competent and confident in using VBA to manipulate data in Excel spreadsheets, implement user forms to professionally interact with users, and have a strong foundation in programming skills.